A PRESIDENT ADRIFT
The United States once again prepares for war; and it’s very hard to argue with the reasoning. Syria’s dictator, Bashar Al-Assad, a truly despicable despot, has very likely used chemical weapons on his own people in his desperate attempt to retain power. Like other dictators, Assad now warns our president that “failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day.” Empty bluster of course.
The president’s problem is not our ability to take on a pipsqueak regime such as the one in Syria. Our military forces could tear the Syrian military to pieces. The problem for President Obama is that, despite a seemingly clear violation of the international ban on the use of chemical weapons, he will have historically low support from Americans for any action he decides to take. This lack will not be due to a failure of his foreign policy but rather from the complete lack of a policy in the first place.
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